What is coaching?

Although coaching is becoming more widely recognised as a good thing there are still some misconceptions about what it is and who has coaching.

Firstly, it’s important to point out that many successful people have coaching – employing the services of a coach is not a sign of weakness. Everyone can benefit from personal development; whether on a personal level or in a work setting. In fact, by improving one area of life through coaching it is likely to have a positive impact on other areas too.

Having a coach is a bit like having a critical best friend – someone who will support and encourage you but also challenge you to be your best. The coaching relationship is confidential and provides a non-judgemental space to explore ideas; this is often the thing that clients appreciate most.

I have worked with clients who wanted to improve their business, change career, who have gone through a bereavement and wanted to rediscover their purpose, knew there was more to life than what they had, wanted to use their time more efficiently. Coaching can help in so many different circumstances.

It’s a partnership where we look at what you really want – we dig deep to find your ‘why’, your motivation for change or improvement. Often we can get in our own way of progress through limiting beliefs; a coach can help you recognise these and reframe them into more useful behaviour patterns.

The benefits of coaching can be far-reaching. Coaching could…

  • Improve the relationship with yourself, with family and colleagues
  • Provide clarity and focus
  • Identify relevant goals and create action plans to achieve them
  • Increase personal empowerment
  • Reduce stress and improve well-being
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Increase motivation and energy
  • Coaching is a process of discovery and skill development. Although it can be challenging at times (as all change can be) it’s also an enjoyable and satisfying experience.

If you are interested and want to find out more, most life coaches offer a free initial consultation.

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Rebecca Norton

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Rebecca Norton is a life coach who has worked at the Sheffield Wellness Centre.